“Reading the Water” for Jeff Murray is a 3 step process. 1) Where do I suspect the trout will hold? 2)Where do I present my fly? 3) Where do I position myself?
In this fly fishing podcast, Harry Murray discusses a broad variety of questions ranging from fishing small mountain trout streams to large western trout streams to river fishing for smallmouth bass. Some of the topics covered include:
“Swing Nymphing” will enable you to fish your nymph deeper than any method you can use with a floating line. Even beginning angles in our schools quickly master this technique.
This months fly fishing question and answers podcast includes Harry Murray discussing the swing nymphing technique used with Scientific Angler Indicators, hook sharpening files, barbless vs. barbed hooks, landing nets, and what insect repellent can do to your favorite fly rod.
Harry gets his best trout fishing by matching his flies to the natural insects.
In this Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report, Harry Murray discusses the trout fishing in March including the natural nymphs that are active early in the month and what flies to use to match the hatch. He also discusses the importance of the water temperature and how this prompts the nymphs to emerge into the adult flies.
We catch many large smallmouth bass in the early fall with our Murray’s Crayfish and Magnum Streamers.
In this Fly Fishing Report Podcast we discuss Early Fall Fishing Conditions you will encounter in Virginia and around the mid-Atlantic region. In this podcast Harry Murray discusses the fly fishing tactics to use in order to get your best fishing on the stocked trout streams and delayed harvest trout areas for the months of October and November. Effective flies: Pearl Marauder size 10, Black Marauder size 10, Shenandoah Silver Ghost size 10.
Many large trout feed heavily on natural cress bugs below the springs during the summer.
Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast for late Summer 2015
In this Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast for late Summer 2015 Harry Murray discusses the best areas to find the trout in the stocked trout streams and the most productive flies and techniques including Ed Shenk’s Cress Bug. Also with the water levels dropping for the end of the summer he touches on the best flies (Murray’s Moth, Housefly, Oakworm, & Yellow Jacket) to use to catch those brook trout in the mountain trout streams in the Shenandoah National Park using the hands and knees approach.
The last section of this podcast covers the smallmouth bass fishing on the Shenandoah River. He discusses when, where and how to catch the bass feeding on the Hexagenia Mayflies along with a new technique and flies (Mr. Rapidan Skater, Shad Streamer) for catching bass with a riffle hitch.
See our video on the riffle hitch (click here).
Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report
March 2015 – Murray’s Fly Shop
William Downey (102 years old) has enjoyed the native brook trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, since “before the war” in his words. (That would be WWII)
In the first part of this Virginia fly fishing stream report Harry Murray discusses the effective flies and tactics for fishing streamers below the riffles on our stocked trout streams. (Hot Fly–Murray’s Marauder in Black or Pearl size 10)
The last segment of this podcast fly fishing stream report covers the locations in the local rivers where the bass feed under the present conditions along with the best flies and effective tactics. (Hot Fly–Magnum Creek Chub size 4 and Magnum HogSucker size 4)
Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing Report Podcast– Stream Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout Fly Fishing in the Shenandoah Valley – August 2014
Harry Murray discusses the river conditions for the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River along with the best smallmouth flies to use and how to flyfish them in this part of Virginia. We have been fishing well the last two hours of daylight with the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6. In the second part of this podcast he discusses the trout fishing in the mountain trout streams in the Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway and George Washington National Forest along with the best flies to use in your flyfishing the unusual late summer conditions we are experiencing this year (2014).
If you are interested in learning to fly fish, we are currently conducting our half day fly fishing lessons in August and September. These are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9a.m. to 1p.m. These are great for those just starting, those that want to brush up on their skills, or for those that just want to enjoy a few hours on the river.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com or (540) 984-4212.
Harry Murray’s Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass & Trout–May-June 2014.
In this fly fishing report podcast Harry Murray discusses the streams conditions plus the techniques to use at this time of the year on our smallmouth bass rivers in the first part. The second part includes the conditions of the trout streams and what flies and techniques to use. Interested in learning to fly fishing? Consider our Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Schools or our 1/2 day Fly Fishing Lessons. Have questions on where to go? Stop by the fly shop and we’ll be happy to go over the maps with you for the best areas to fish.
Spring Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout – Virginia with Harry Murray and Murray’s Fly Shop.
It’s time to find your fly fishing gear and check your flies!
In the first part of this Fly Fishing Podcast Harry Murray discusses the Trout fishing along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. He discusses the long winter and how it is affecting the trout fishing on the streams throughout the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
In the second part of this Fly Fishing Podcast Harry Murray discusses the Smallmouth Bass fishing in the rivers of Virginia and how the winter chill is affecting the fishing on the river in and around the Shenandoah Valley.
Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report Podcast August 2013 for the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia: Listen in as the first part of this report Harry Murray discusses his “change of pace flies” for the mountain trout streams and the tactics to use with these wary trout. In the second part the fly fishing podcast we continue with the large stocked trout streams on where to fish and what flies to use. The third part consists of the best tactics to use for smallmouth bass during this unusually cooler weather and the Hexagenia hatch.
Flies discussed included: Murray’s Housefly, Shenk’s Cress Bug, Shrimp, Magnum Creek Chub, Poppers, Mr. Rapidan Skater
Fly Fishing Report for Trout and Smallmouth Bass for July 2013.
Listen to Harry Murray’s fishing report on spotting trout tactics for the mountain trout streams at this time of the year. He also discusses the large trout streams and how to fish hoppers and crickets along the undercut banks. The smallmouth bass fishing has been great with the Floating Minnows and Magnum Hog Sucker.
May 2013 Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Podcast Report
May 2013 Shenandoah Valley Podcast Fly Fishing Report
Listen as Harry Murray, owner of Murray’s Fly Shop, discusses the current stream conditions and short term fishing forecast for the Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah Valley stocked trout streams. Harry also covers the Shenandoah River and it’s warm water tributaries as they relate to Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing through the month of May and early June. Check out our Fishing Reports for up to the minute detailed reports on both the Trout and Smallmouth Bass fly fishing in the Shenandoah Valley.
In this Podcast Harry Murray discusses Fly Fishing Tactics for Trout in the streams of the Shenandoah Valley including the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington / Jefferson National Forests in late spring and early summer (May – June).
How has the warm winter affected the stream and rivers in the Shenandoah Valley? Listen to Harry’s Podcast Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This report cover the time period we would normally consider early season or March 2012.
Cleaning, Inspecting and Dressing a Fly Fishing Line to prolong it’s useful life.
Winterize your Fly Fishing Equipment Podcast
Winterize your Fly Fishing Equipment Podcast – Listen in as Harry Murray discusses winterizing fly fishing tackle to ensure it is in good shape for your Spring fishing. Your fly fishing gear will work better and last longer when you take the time to follow these simple steps both prior to storing and after heavy use through the season.
Listen to Harry’s discussion on Fishing Shrimp and Cress Bugs for Trout – These insects are available to trout on many streams but this podcast focuses on Spring Creek fly fishing. The Spring Creeks, with their high PH and consistent temperatures, are an ideal environment for the production of abundant numbers of both freshwater shrimp and cress bugs. The selective feeding habits unique to spring creek trout is a direct result of the abundance of food availability throughout the year. Much of this food is in the form of shrimp and cress bugs. Listen as Harry discusses the techniques and tactics to turn a tough day of spring creek fishing into an outstanding day by using a few simple methods he has honed to perfection since the early 1960’s.
Selecting a Fly Line. Do you know the difference between the hundreds of different fly lines on the market? Why are there so many choices? Do I really need to have dozens of fly lines at my disposal to take up fly fishing? Does the flyfishing world try to make it difficult to understand fly lines? No, I don’t know, No and yes (it’s confusing to me as well!!!!).
Every day I have folks asking for help in selecting the right fly line for their flyfishing. The decisions are mind boggling! It confuses the majority of us and I have even upon asking the manufacturers, had some long moments of silence and blank stares. The choices don’t have to be confusing. In this article I have tried to simplify the selection process, regardless of the manufacturer, for the beginner or the advanced fly fishing angler. I have compiled a list of the fly lines typically used and summarized them by the tapers (shape and weight) which I use for the various types of fly fishing conditions. Check it out….